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BATON ROUGE - Donations to an animal shelter poured in after a News 2 report on a dog that was set on fire.

The dog, named Zoey, continues to recover from second-degree burns to all four paws and her stomach after authorities said a 9-year-old set the bedding inside the dog's kennel on fire. The boy is too young to face criminal charges.

The dog's owner couldn't afford to pay for Zoey's medical care, and signed her over to the Companion Animal Alliance. Veterinarians decided to save the pup instead of putting her to sleep, 

"We thought that she deserved to have a second chance and have the life that she deserves," veterinarian technician Kimberly Coleman told News 2.

After Zoey's story was shown on WBRZ, Director Beth Brewster says the organization's phones have been busy with calls from people who want to donate money to help sick and injured animals.

"For us it's huge, and it will only help us save more animals which is very exciting," she said.

There's also a list of people who want to adopt Zoey in a few weeks when she recovers from the burns.

"We've had tons of inquiries about Zoey and potential adopters that, you know, as soon as she gets better and as soon as she's well, want to come in and give her the proper home and proper care that she deserves," said Coleman.

The shelter says there's over 300 dogs that each have its own story and need a home. If you would like to donate to help with the recovery of Zoey or other animals like her, you can donate to the Companion Animal Alliance sick and injured animal fund.


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